IMAGES: Thirty-eight behind bars after New Albany drug roundup
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- It's a drug bust that stretched from Floyd County, Ind. into Louisville and Indianapolis.
New Albany Police says it's the largest drug bust in its history. Thirty-eight suspects are behind bars. All were arrested Wednesday morning after a six-month investigation.
The New Albany Police sting also included other agencies, like the U.S. Marshals, Indiana State Police, and the Floyd County Sheriff's Department. The goal is to get drug dealers off the streets.
"We had some in Clark County," said New Albany Police Chief Sherri Knight. "We had some in Louisville and as far away as Indianapolis."
Some people were arrested in the Broadmeade Terrace, Vance Court and Riverside housing projects. Charges included dealing marijuana, cocaine, heroin and prescription drugs. Some were within 1,000 feet of a school or public housing complex.
Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson says there were 20 drug overdoses in 2012 and 2013 in the county. This year, so far, there have been seven.
Henderson says, "Any life, any overdose is too much. But with those kinds of numbers to put the faces with the names and the drugs, this isn't just an exercise in futility with police and my office. This is real. This affects people."
Police confiscated drugs and money from the sting, but haven't determined how much. The cases are still under investigation.
Henderson says, "We still see marijuana. We still see meth, but percentage with the biggest jump is heroin."
Police are still looking for nine other suspects.
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